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Posted: April 29, 2013
There are many exciting ways to achieve victory. And this weekend, five champions trusting a Titleist golf ball displayed a few that were particularly thrilling: a pair of breakthrough championship performances, a team effort, and a playoff-ending eagle.
At the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Pro V1x loyalist Billy Horschel outlasted the weather and outperformed the field with a final round 8-under 64 for his first career PGA Tour victory. Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Rumford (Pro V1x) made a dramatic eagle on the first hole of a three-way sudden death playoff to win the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea, for his fourth European Tour title. On the Champions Tour, the duo of Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon (Pro V1x) and Pro V1 loyalist Jeff Sluman captured the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf following a final-round 7-under 65 and 23-under total. Finally, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez entered the winner’s circle for the first time in his career when his Pro V1x golf ball dropped for a birdie on the second hole of a three-way, sudden death playoff at the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC.
With three more official victories, players trusting a Titleist golf ball have now won 46 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than four times the nearest competitor with eleven and more than all other competitors combined.
This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…
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PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Billy Horschel
Horschel sealed his win at the Zurich with a 27-foot birdie putt on 18, edging playing partner D.A. Points (Pro V1x), who also birdied the hole, by one shot.
"27 feet in the hole, first victory. You can't ask for anything else," said Horschel. "It's still pretty unbelievable."
Although the win marked Horschel's first PGA Tour title, he had been knocking on the door with three top 10 finishes in his past three tournaments — tying for second in Houston, tying for third in San Antonio and tying for ninth at the RBC Heritage a week ago. He has also made a PGA Tour-leading 23 straight cuts.
Horschel made a string of six straight birdies that ran from the seventh through 12th holes, moving him to 7-under on the round and 19-under for the tournament. Points birdied the 10th through 13th holes to stay on Horschel's heels.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 156 with 104 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 17. Titleist also was the overwhelming top choice in the sand, lob, and approach wedge (147) and putter (56) categories.
EUROPEAN/ASIA: Ballantine’s Championship
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Rumford
The win marked the fourth European Tour title for Rumford and his first in six years. He closed with a 4-under 68 to finish regulation tied with two fellow competitors at 11-under par. The threesome returned to the 18th hole, a par 5, and after Rumford saw his opponents fail to reach the green in two, he fired a brilliant approach to four feet and converted the eagle putt for the win.
“It was an absolute roller coaster ride of emotions out there this afternoon," said Rumford following the win. "Obviously my last five holes yesterday and front nine today got me in a great position to take this tournament.” Rumford, who finished his third round with five consecutive birdies, took that run to seven when he converted a 20-foot putt on the first green and then fired his approach to five feet at the next. He then had three pars, but a bunker shot to three feet at the sixth sparked a run of four straight birdies. Titleist Brand Ambassador Romain Wattel (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron 009 prototype putter) finished fourth at 9-under par, with World No. 7 Louis Oosthuizen (Pro V1x) a shot further back.
What's in Brett Rumford's Bag: Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 (8.5) driver, 913Fd (15) fairway metal, 712U 2,3 and 4 utility irons, CB (5-9) irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48) and sand (54) wedges, Vokey Design Spin Milled lob (60) wedge.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 156 with 94 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 22. Titleist also was the overwhelming top choice in the utility club (76), iron (50) and sand, lob, and approach wedge (170) categories.
CHAMPIONS: Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon and Pro V1 Loyalist Jeff Sluman
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 66 (33 teams) with 50 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 6. Titleist also was the top choice in the irons (17), sand, lob, and approach wedge (50) and putter (16) categories.
LATINOAMERICA: Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC
Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
After making par on the first extra hole, the 18th at Club de Golf Uruguay, all three playoff participants advanced to the short par-4 eighth, the second extra hole. Rodriguez drove the green and two-putted for birdie and his first career win on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica.
Posted: April 22, 2013
After trusting their Titleist golf ball to three championship performances on three continents Sunday, New 2013 Pro V1x loyalists Bernhard Langer, Angel Cabrera, and Jake Roos stood above the competition, trophies in hand.
Langer outpaced his competitors with a final round 5-under 67 to win the inaugural Greater Gwinnett Championship by three shots. Cabrera, a week removed from his runner-up finish in a playoff at the Masters, proved victorious in a one-hole playoff victory against Pro V1 loyalist Rafael Gomez at the 82 Abierto OSDE del Centro. And in South Africa, Roos earned his fifth career Sunshine Tour victory with a one-shot win at the Golden Pilsner Zimbabwe Open.
With three more victories, players trusting a Titleist golf ball have now won 43 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than five times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all other competitors combined.
CHAMPIONS: Greater Gwinnett Championship
Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Bernhard Langer
Playing the New 2013 Pro V1x golf ball for the first time in competition, Langer added the victory to his impressive Champions Tour campaign by finishing with a 10-under 206 victory total. Langer posted six birdies for his fifth top-three finish in six events. He also won the Ace Group Classic in February.
Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Tom Lehman, whose 67 included birdies on 17 and 18, tied for second at 7-under with Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Pernice Jr. (Pro V1x). Pernice made a move with an eagle on No. 15 and added a birdie on 18 for a final round 70 helping Titleist players post a 1-2-3 finish.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 80 with 58 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 7. Titleist also was the overwhelming top choice in the irons (20) and wedge (59) categories.
LATINOAMERICA: 82 Abierto OSDE del Centro
Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Angel Cabrera
Cabrera fired a final round 7-under 64, including an eagle on the 72nd hole, to finish at even-par 284 for the tournament and set the clubhouse lead. Runner-up and Pro V1 loyalist Rafael Gomez birdied his final hole of regulation to force the playoff. It marks the eighth time Cabrera, who is from Cordoba and used to caddy at the Cordoba Golf Club, has won this event.
LPGA: LPGA Lotte Championship
Runner-up Lizette Salas (New 2013 Pro V1x) fired a tournament-record 62, and finished regulation at 19-under 269 to qualify for the playoff. Salas played a nine-hole stretch in 9-under mid way through the final round, birdieing Nos. 8-9, holing out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 10th and adding birdies on Nos. 12-16. It was the fourth top-10 finish in seven starts this year for Salas.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 144 with 95 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13.
PGA: RBC Heritage
Runner-up and Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (New 2013 Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913Fd fairway metal, 913Hd hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM4 TVD wedges) finished regulation at 9-under par 275. New 2013 Pro V1x loyalists Luke Donald and Kevin Streelman tied for third, two shots back, under windswept conditions at Harbour Town.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 144 with 91 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 20. Titleist also was the overwhelming top choice in the wedge (145) and putter (50) categories.
EUROPEAN: Open de España
Felipe Aguilar (New 2013 Pro V1x) and Titleist Brand Ambassador Maximilian Kieffer (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, 712U 4-iron, CB 5-iron, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges), both finished regulation at 5-under par 283 to qualify for the playoff.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 156 with 107 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 20.
Posted: April 18, 2013
Most players don't like to make too many equipment changes before a major, but after working closely with the team on the Titleist Tour Van, Adam put a new driver in his bag - the new Titleist 913D3.
To get the scoop, Team Titleist checked in with Titleist Tour Representative Chris Tuten.
"We were on the range at the Tampa Bay Championship a few weeks ago with Adam and working through a number of different options to help optimize launch, flight and distance with the driver," said Tuten.
"At the end of the session, we built Adam a new 913D3 9.5º driver with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8, X flex graphite shaft at 44.75" and dialed it in with the A•1 (neutral) SureFit Tour Hosel setting."
With the new driver in-hand, Adam set off to work on putting the club through its paces.
Following several practice rounds leading up to the Masters, Adam was full of confidence in his new driver.
"Adam was really happy with the performance of the 913D3. He was getting a higher ball flight without increased spin and seeing longer carry distance - which would be beneficial to him at Augusta National and going forward," added Tuten.
The new 913D3 made its tournament debut in Adam's bag at the Masters, and it routinely set him up for birdie chances throughout the week.
His solid driving was crucial in shooting a back-nine 33 to get him into the playoff, which he won in dramatic fashion.
Here is another quick look at the specs on Adam's new driver...
Model: Titleist 913D3Loft: 9.5º Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8Flex: X flex Length: 44.75" SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: A•1 (neutral)
Posted: April 15, 2013
A few weeks ago, Team Titleist had the chance to catch up with Adam Scott at the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral, and we just happened to ask him a couple of questions about the Masters.
Lucky for us, we had the camera rolling and the audio taping.
Check out the video above to hear what Adam had to say about what he was looking forward to the most at Augusta.
Congratulations, Adam, on a well deserved win.
Next question: what's on the menu for the champions dinner next year?
"Something special happens to every player there, every year."
This is what Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott had to say a few weeks ago when Team Titleist asked him about his fondest memories at The Masters.
And after a stunning performance on Sunday that featured Adam rolling his new 2013 Pro V1 golf ball into the cup for a couple of clutch birdies that will go down in Masters history, we have a feeling that the memories from this year will certainly stand out as he claimed his first major crown, donned the green jacket and became the first Australian to win The Masters.
"Golf is a big sport at home, and this is the one thing in golf we hadn't been able to achieve. It's amazing that it's my destiny to be the first Australian to win. It's incredible," said Adam.
Adam, who led the field in Greens in Regulation (77%), converted a 20-foot putt for birdie on the final hole of regulation, only to watch fellow Titleist golf ball loyalist Angel Cabrera (New 2013 Pro V1x) nearly hole his approach shot for a tap-in birdie and force the extra session.
Replaying the 18th as the first hole of the playoff, both players got up and down for par with close chip shots. On the second extra hole, the 10th at Augusta National, Cabrera's 15-foot putt for birdie just missed, setting up Adam's heroics. As daylight fell, Adam drained a dramatic 12-footer for birdie and the historic win.
Playing with fellow countryman and Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman (New 2013 Pro V1x golf ball, Titleist 913D2 driver (9.5º), 913Fd fairway metal (15.0º), 712U 2-iron, AP 3-4 irons. MB 5-9 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching (48º), Spin Milled TVD sand (54º) and lob (58º) wedges, Scotty Cameron by Titleist Tour Rat 2 prototype putter) in the next to last group, Adam made his only bogey on the first hole, closing with a 3-under par 69.
Cabrera, playing in the final group, posted a final round 2-under 70, as both players finished regulation in 9-under 279. Cabrera was the only participant to shoot four consecutive rounds under par (71-69-69-70). Leishman tied for 4th, four shots out of the playoff, and his best finish in a major championship.
WHAT'S IN THE BAG FOR 2013 MASTERS CHAMPION ADAM SCOTT:
Golf Ball: New 2013 Titleist Pro V1 golf ballDriver: Titleist 913D3 (9.5º) driver with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 X-flex shaftFairway Metal: Titleist 910Fd (15º) fairway metal with a Rombax Pro 95 X-flex shaft Utility Iron: Titleist 712U (2) Irons: Titleist MB (3-9) irons with KBS Tour steel shafts Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 248.06, 254.10 and SM4 TVD-K 60º wedges with KBS Tour shaftsPutter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura X prototype putter
EQUIPMENT COUNTS: Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the limited-field of 93 with 52 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12. Titleist also was the overwhelming top choice in the iron (19) and wedge (83) categories. The win is the sixth by Titleist golf ball players on the 2013 PGA TOUR, more than any other competitor.
EQUIPMENT NOTES FROM THE TOUR: Adam played the new Titleist 913D3 driver for the first time in competition this week after switching from the Titleist 910D3. His new 913D3 9.5º driver has an A-1 (neutral) SureFit Tour Hosel setting with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8, X flex graphite shaft at 44.75". Adam worked with Titleist Tour Representative Chris Tuten on the Wednesday of the Tampa Bay Championship to dial in a precision fit. Adam did not put the 913D3 driver into play in Tampa, preferring to work with it during his preparation weeks leading up to the Masters. Adam came to Augusta ready to put it in play and was extremely confident in his performance with it following several practice rounds. Scott cited that he was getting a higher ball flight without increased spin for longer carry distance with the new driver - which would be beneficial to him at Augusta National and going forward. Adam also put a refined Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura X prototype putter in the bag this week. He has been working with Cameron since December on the new long putter that provides the high MOI (Moment of Inertia) and path that Adam was seeking. While the design of the putter creates a high MOI, Cameron took the putter one step further by adding more stability to the face with perimeter weighting. High MOI combined with perimeter weighting gives this putter a very unique feel and performance. The putter is made out of aluminum and includes a balance bar and four tungsten weights that are positioned under four adjustable stainless steel weights in the far four corners of the putter for maximum MOI. The putter is 49" in length, has a 79º lie angle and 3º of loft.
NOTEWORTHY: The win is the ninth official victory of Adam Scott's PGA Tour career (he also won the 2005 Nissan Open that was reduced to 36 holes) ... A true global player, the victory also marks Adam's 20th win worldwide as a professional ... Adam, who has made 10 cuts in 12 career starts at the Masters, posted his third consecutive Top 10 finish at Augusta (2013/1, 2012/T8, 2011/T2) and fourth overall (2002/T9) ... Adam has played in five PGA Tour events in 2013, making the cut in each, while posting three Top 10 finishes ... He has finished in the top 15 in each of his last six starts in major championships ... Cabrera won the 2009 Masters in a three-way playoff ... In addition to Scott, Cabrera and Leishman, three other golf ball loyalists (Lee Westwood/T8, John Huh/T11, Tim Clark/T11) finished among the top 12 and earned a return visit to the 2014 Masters ... Clark, who posted a 5-under 67 on Saturday for low third round of the tournament, is also a Titleist Brand Ambassador who relies upon the New 2013 Pro V1, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 712U 4 iron, CB irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, sand and lob wedges.